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Last WN -300 Winglet Upgrade  
User currently offlineSwalifebtw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5200 times:

Sources tell me that California One will be the last -300 to receive blended winglets. Beginning Aug 28 thrru Sep 14.

[Edited 2009-08-16 13:28:32]

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User currently offlineN49WA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

I was out at BUR last week and saw a SWA takeoff without winglets, standard Canyon Blue paint. Would that have been a 735?

User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

No, a great deal of the 733 fleet does not and will not be receiving winglets either.

User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4767 times:



Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 2):
No, a great deal of the 733 fleet does not and will not be receiving winglets either.

Unless winglets were installed in the last month or so I know the 733 that declared a in-flight emergency that landed in WV last month on the flight between BNA and BWI didn't have winglets.



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User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13551 posts, RR: 100
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4755 times:
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I assume the aircraft sans winglets won't be in the fleet a long time? Note, I'm asking.

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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4719 times:



Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 4):

I assume the aircraft sans winglets won't be in the fleet a long time? Note, I'm asking.

Lightsaber

WN has done a cost/benefit analysis, and selected the -300s that will be receiving winglets based on that analysis, and yes, it did not make sense for every -300 in the fleet. That doesn't necessarily mean that those birds that aren't getting winglets are goners, just that it doesn't make economic sense in WN's eyes. The assumption would be that the birds which are getting winglets are probably low cycle, lower hour birds...



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2447 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

The -500s wont get winglets, who knows maybe that will soon change?

A/C 358 (Just A Guess) through A/C 656 will be the -300s that get winglets. A/C 657-699 are second hand -300s that WN acquired in the 90's. I am curious however as to why WN bought many second hand -300s at the time?



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3991 times:



Quoting N49WA (Reply 1):

Just flew WN from ISP to BWI, then on to Detroit...many 300 series w/o winglets....This year I have seen big increase of 300 series use here in the ISP area...don't know why....j


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2447 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3694 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 7):
This year I have seen big increase of 300 series use here in the ISP area

The -500s also stop by ISP every now and then, not sure if there is currently any sked -500 flights out of ISP..



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2962 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 8):

Until last week, I've never seen a 500 at ISP but during my trip I saw several...Guess WN wisely micro managing what eqpt. is flying where...Smart!


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3541 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Slightly off topic - I was a mile away from Midway airport for most of Saturday night and saw one WN 737-700 in the old color scheme. I was with some airline pilot pals of mine and none of them could remember seeing an old color schemed aircraft during the last few months.

Any idea on how many non-canyon blue aircraft are left?



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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2252 times:

This brings up a question? Does the fact that some 733s have winglets and some don't create a subfleet of sorts? Do they assign the wingletted planes to specific routes or do they interchange them indiscriminately? Also, since the 73G has the same capacity as the 733, are they interchanged indiscriminately? Are all WN pilots able to fly all 737 types?

Thank you.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1982 times:



Quoting United787 (Reply 11):
Does the fact that some 733s have winglets and some don't create a subfleet of sorts?

Technically, yes, but in practical terms, no, a -300 is a -300..

Quoting United787 (Reply 11):
Do they assign the wingletted planes to specific routes or do they interchange them indiscriminately?

We don't assign them to specific routes, but if we need to, we can, and sometimes do.

Quoting United787 (Reply 11):
Also, since the 73G has the same capacity as the 733, are they interchanged indiscriminately?

We do assign -700s to many routes, but sometimes a -300 will do..

Quoting United787 (Reply 11):
Are all WN pilots able to fly all 737 types?

Yes..


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1969 times:



Quoting Planespotting (Reply 10):
I was with some airline pilot pals of mine and none of them could remember seeing an old color schemed aircraft during the last few months.

I flew on a -300 Saturday PHX-ELP. #347. I also flew #336 back in June and that was also in the classic colors. I actually kind of miss these colors, believe it or not.

Quoting United787 (Reply 11):
Also, since the 73G has the same capacity as the 733, are they interchanged indiscriminately? Are all WN pilots able to fly all 737 types?

Yes and yes. They could fly any of the WN planes from the -200s to the -700s.


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